Consider volunteering from the comfort of your own home.
Now that the clocks have gone back, the nights are drawing in and there is an autumn chill in the air, you may not want to go out in the cold to volunteer.
However, not all opportunities take you from your home.
Volunteering opportunities from home
• If you have a landline and like chatting on the phone, the Macular Society offers a telephone befriending service which aims to reduce the feelings of loneliness and isolation that can be experienced by people living with Macular disease.
Volunteers offer a listening ear, talking about things that are of interest, whether that is macular disease, hobbies or the weather.
• The RVS offers a Home from Hospital service with informal help which enables patients to return home with confidence.
Once the patient is home, tele-befriending volunteers keep in contact with the individual offering support over the telephone.
• Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust is looking for volunteers to help run its helpline offering reliable information, friendly support and useful signposting to women, their families and friends affected by cervical cancer and cervical abnormalities.
It does not offer advice of any kind, particularly medical or legal advice.
After initial training, volunteers work anonymously from their own homes, generally covering at least one three-hour shift per fortnight.
Bite-size volunteering for busy people
Micro-volunteering needs no commitment, is easy to do and a spare ten seconds or ten minutes is all it takes.
Below are some suggestions, but there are thousands of different ideas – just use your search engine or contact us to discover more.
• Play games to fundraise for charity at no cost to you via Free Rice.
• Write cheery letters to very ill children to raise their spirits via Post Pals.
• Help discover new comets hidden in our solar system via Comet Hunters.
• Click to help prevent breast cancer via Care2.
• Craft dolls for needy children via Dolly Donations.
• Transcribe handwritten documents by Shakespeare’s contemporaries via Shakespeare’s World.
• Map disabled access issues via Wheel Map.
• Donate hair for wigs for children with medically related hair loss via Little Princess Trust.
How to volunteer
If you would like to volunteer from home and have a landline telephone, would like more details about Micro-volunteering or if you are interested in over 200 volunteering opportunities available in South Holland, please contact us on 01205 510888 (option 3) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org